What is Rhinoplasty?
Nasal surgery or nose surgery is called Rhinoplasty. But you probably know the more common name for nose surgery: a nose job.
Through nose surgery, noses can be made smaller or larger, narrowed or straightened. Our Utah ear, nose and throat doctors have vast experience enhancing the appearance of noses and correcting nasal deformities. We’ve prepared a set of articles to help answer questions you may have about nose jobs or rhinoplasty.
- What is a Rhinoplasty?
- How to Prepare for Nose Surgery
- What to Expect During Rhinoplasty Surgery
- Repairing a Broken Nose
- Recovery from Rhinoplasty
- 3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job
3 Reasons to Get a Nose Job
Celebrities aren’t the only people who pursue nose jobs. Chances are good you know someone who has had nose surgery or rhinoplasty. That’s because a well-performed nose job can improve the shape, appearance and proportion of your nose. That, in turn, can improve your looks and enhance self-confidence.
No nose is perfect and there are three major reasons people get a nose job.
- Your nose is repaired for medical reasons, for instance, to repair a deviated septum and help improve breathing
- Your nose is damaged in an accident
- You choose a nose job for cosmetic reasons
Open and Closed Rhinoplasty Surgeries
Before any nose surgery, your surgeon will examine your nose, the skin on your nose, the features of your face, and will discuss your goals and reasons for rhinoplasty with you. Once you commit to a nose job, there are two types of rhinoplasty surgeries: closed rhinoplasty and open rhinoplasty.
Small nasal humps or minor fullness in the tip of the nose can be performed in what is called a “closed” rhinoplasty. All skin incisions are done inside the nostrils, leaving no visible scars. A splint is worn for about a week afterwards. If the septum (the inside part that divides the two halves of the nose) needs straightening, this is usually done at the same time, and the internal splints usually stay in your nose for approximately one week.
More challenging nose surgeries (and most revision nose surgeries) are done with an “open” technique. A small zig-zag cut is made between the two nostrils, and is joined to cuts inside the nostrils that allow the skin of the nose to be lifted up. The cartilage and bone of the nose is exposed, allowing us to make major changes in the tip, the sides and the top of the nose.
Noses can be made smaller or larger, narrowed or straightened. Tips can be made more refined or prominent, raised or lowered. If more fullness is needed, your own cartilage can usually be harvested from your nasal septum, your ear, or even from a rib. Collapsed noses can be corrected using similar techniques.
A Natural Look is Our Goal
We’ve all seen pictures of celebrities with bad nose jobs. Our philosophy is that a nose must look “natural” after surgery. An operated appearance is to be avoided.
Cosmetic nose surgery can correct major deformities, or can correct subtle problems that detract from the overall appearance of the face. The good news is that our Utah rhinoplasty patients are satisfied with their nose surgery.
Contact the Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Rhinoplasty Questions
Call the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at 801-328-2522 to set an appointment with our Utah ENT doctors to discuss if a nose job is right for you.
Read: Repairing a Broken Nose